Bubbling Under: Rico Love Goes Behind The Mic, Royal Teeth Rise
Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Rico Love, Royal Teeth, Strange Talk and T'Juan
Having co-written 35 entries on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs since 2005 – including No. 1s for Usher ("There Goes My Baby," 2010) and Kelly Rowland ("Motivation," 2011) – songwriter/producer Rico Love is no stranger to the format. This week, Love scores his first chart appearance as a lead artist, as "They Don't Know" (Interscope) opens at No 40. The cut highlights his talents as both a singer and rapper and serves as the first single from his EP Discrete Luxury.
Six-piece alternative group Royal Teeth has been percolating under the radar for the past year, thanks to the slow-burning success of its single "Wild." The cut is featured in EA Sports' FIFA 13 video game, helping draw fans to the Dangerbird Records-signed band. The song's audio and video clips on YouTube have drawn more than a half-million views, while it's sold 36,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Royal Teeth will tour with the Mowgli's starting on Nov. 12.
After topping Uncharted more than two years ago (Sept. 17, 2011), Strange Talk looks to graduate to its first appearance on a song ranking, as "Climbing Walls" rises below Alternative Songs. KKDO Sacramento leads with 27 plays for the song in the Sept. 23-29 Nielsen BDS tracking week. The Melbourne, Australia-based quartet will release its Wind-up Records debut album Cast Away early next year, with songs mixed by Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix) and Eliot James (Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club).
Jacksonville, Fla., native T'Juan is approaching Gospel Songs with "Made." After the singer/actor/motivational speaker released his debut album "29:11" three years ago on the independent No Compromise imprint, "Made" is the lead single from his sophomore set (issued on No Compromise/distributed by Emtro Gospel), expected early next year. In between concert appearances, T'Juan has also been busy touring as part of BET's HIV/AIDS awareness campaign "Rap It Up."
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.